Jul 6th, 2012 - Local News
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — High temperatures in a number of Michigan cities have risen into the triple digits beneath a lingering heat wave that continues to bake Michigan and other parts of the Midwest.
The National Weather Service reports that Kalamazoo's temperature reached 102 degrees Thursday.
Three Rivers and Battle Creek hit 101 degrees, with 100-degree readings reported at Adrian, Grand Rapids, Hillsdale and Marshall. Coldwater followed at 99 degrees.
Some will see no respite Friday from the heat. The weather service has issued excessive heat warnings for many areas.
Grand Rapids is expected to approach 104 degrees, and a high of 103 is forecast for Lansing.
The high in Detroit was 85 degrees as of 5 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, it's expected to top 100 degrees.
Utilities are throwing full crews into restoration efforts to restore service to tens of thousands of Michigan customers who lost power after thunderstorms bowled down trees, branches and power lines.
Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern says 160 crews are on the job and some workers from Indiana were expected to arrive in Michigan on Thursday evening.
About 97,000 customers lost power during the height of the storms that started Tuesday. The number still without electricity was 80,000 Thursday afternoon.
DTE Energy says its crews are working 16-hour shifts to return electricity to 195,000 homes and businesses still without power. About 325,000 customers had lost power.
Spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba says DTE recalled several dozen contractors and linemen sent to help in restoration efforts after earlier storms ravaged the East Coast
Cooling centers are opening by the American Red Cross and local emergency management agencies are also expected to open Friday. A list of cooing center is available at www.consumerenergy.com. Customers who need shelter or assistance should call 2-1-1 for a list of available services in their area.
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